FAPWEB REPORTS : The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) revised its classification ratings for television programs effective last Wednesday, October 5.

Under Memorandum Circular No. 05-2011, the classification ratings for television programs will be revised as follows: General Patronage (G), Parental Guidance (PG), Strong Parental Guidance (SPG), and Disapproved for Airing on Television (X).

MTRCB Chairwoman Grace Poe-Llamanzares said MC No. 05-2011 was promulgated by the Board on August 25, 2011 after a series of public consultations and information campaigns with the different stakeholders in the television industry. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


Many people aspire to become a writer and earn money and be famous. But not all writers become famous, others never gain accolade and end up frustrated persons. The willingness to learn the craft is the key to success. Here are some tips:

1. Observe good manners in dealing with editors, reviewers, publishers and fellow writers. What people read influence them. Proper etiquette should be observed by writers no matter where they are. According to the late Emily Post (the most famous writer on etiquette), Etiquette is a set of rules dealing with exterior form. Good manners are really ingrained; a matter of who you are, not how you are. It must be without thinking since once we learned it, etiquette becomes a matter of instinct rather than of conscious obedience.” Her great-great grandson Daniel Post Sening, also said, “Good etiquette comes from common sense, and the fundamental principles to achieve it are honesty, respect, and consideration.” That is why aspiring writers should be well-mannered in dealing with people. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


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After eight years of staying in the USA, there’s no doubt that Nora Aunor is still a name to reckon with. Yan ang thinking ng TV5 sa kanilang irresistible offer para mapabalik sa bansa ang one and only Superstar. Matatandaan na may planong umuwi si Nora last year at ang showbiz writer na si Aster Amoyo ang nag-aareglo ng kanyang itinerary. However, kasama sa schedule ang pagpunta ni Nora sa Japan para sa isang grand makeover. Ang nabanggit na makeover ang naging puno’t dulo ng pagkawala ng singing voice ni Nora. Kaya pati ang supposed to be concert ng Superstar sa Canada ay hindi natuloy (although sumipot din si Nora just to show herself to the crowd). Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


ALEX J. SOCORRO WRITES  : In a casual tete-a-tete, it seems that film director Jett Espiritu would never tire of talking about Dolphy. Understandably so because Direk Jett had directed 18 Dolphy movies, which he emphasizes, “hindi lang kumita, tumabo talaga sa takilya.”

Dancing Master was Direk Jett’s first directorial job for Dolphy. “Para kay Ulysses Tzan yun. Kaso nagustuhan ni Dolphy kaya ayun.” That first project with Dolphy was serendipitous with the subplots. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


… Yes, shortlisted man ay isa nang karangalang makonsidera na ipadala bilang lahok ng Pilipinas sa Best Foreign Language Film category para sa Oscar Awards sa susunod na taon.  Marapat ding sabihing may ungos ang pelikulang PRESA ni Adolfo B. Alix, Jr. dahil ito ay may  ‘ensemble’ cast kung saan ay halos nanalo silang lahat  sa Best Actress award  sa iba’t ibang award giving bodies .  Goodluck uli sa ASTRAL FILMS, lalo’t higit sa masigasig at mabait na prodyuser nitong si SIR DING BUENAVENTURA!  

The eight members of the Film Academy of the Philippines special committee that will choose the local film to vie for nomination to the best foreign language film category of next year’s Oscar Awards have started reviewing a short list of films with the possibility that other deserving films with a September 2011 playdate may still qualify. The committee, which is chaired by National Artist for Film Director Eddie Romero , has the following members:new member Director/Actress Gina Alajar; Actor/Director Robert Arevalo, the new FAP deputy director-general; Director Jose N. Carreon; Director William Mayo, president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association; Manny Morfe, president of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines; Jess Navarro, president of the United Film Editors Guild of the Philippines and Director Elwood Perez. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


ALEX SOCORRO writes : “O, Efren, wag ka nang malikot.” That’s the customary closing dialogue in the prologue of Lola Basyang’s story-telling. A long-running radio drama of the olden times, Lola Basyang was created by Severino Reyes, a komiks novelist.

The Lola Basyang series was the national fairy tale story-teller of legends and myths that usually ends with a moral lesson. With its huge following, Lola Basyang was made into a movie and stage play aside from the komiks version. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


The Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines will hold a workshop on Film Criticism at the Film Academy of the Philippines office on the ground floor of OctoArts Building, Panay avenue, Q.C. on September 4 and 5.

Planned as the first in a series of workshops to be held in different places, the SGP workshop will be conducted by Professor John Iremil I. Teodoro of Merriam College, who will teach the techniques in writing a film review, critiquing films and writing blogs about Filipino films. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


CORIE HENSON WRITES : Japan just switched to DTV broadcast last July 24, 2011. This Digital Terrestrial Television broadcasting renders obsolete the analog tv sets. Ang sinasabing analog tv set ay ang mga tv set natin sa ngayon dito sa Pilipinas.

Year 2009 nang mag-convert sa DTV broadcasting ang USA. Susunod na rin ang ibang bansa gaya ng United Kingdom, Australia at Canada. Ang Pilipinas naman ay inaasahang makakasabay sa technological trend sa taong 2015. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

The Projectionist

The film projector of the UP Film Center costing more than 2 million pesos in the 1980s

ALEX J SOCORRO WRITES : Due to the rapid advancement of technology, the film projector has virtually outlived its usefulness. No doubt, it is nearing extinction. In a year or two, perhaps, it will be relegated to the storage of oblivion.

The 35 mm film has been the standard medium ever since the motion picture gained popularity. Moviehouses were equipped with projectors that would play the movie reel for exhibition on the big screen. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

“Dugo ang Iniluha ng mga Bulaklak” ni Rom Factolerin Tampok sa 3rd PANDAYANG LINO BROCKA!


The Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival is now on its 3rd year and according to Festival Head Sam Montuya, this year’s festival will have a special screening of LinoBrocka’s “Dung-aw”, a film about the famous Filipina revolutionary hero, Gabriela Silang, which was produced and starred by Armida Siguion-Reyna. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


The Film Academy of the Philippines has announced the final list of nominees for the 29th Luna Awards which will recognize achievements of films shown in 2010.

Voters have started previewing the early batch of 20 films which ganered nominations last Tuesday, May 31, at the UP Film Center.

The final list of nominations, based on tabulation of the ratings of the nominators for the various categories, is as follows:

Best Picture
Emir, produced by Viva Films, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines
Noy, produced by Cinemedia Film Productions
Rosario, produced by Cinemabuhay International and Studio 5
Sa ‘Yo Lamang, produced by Star Cinema Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


The 29th Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines will finally be held on Saturday, May 28, and academy nominators are reviewing the best 10 lists submitted by the citers for 11 categories of the awards.

The nominators will trim down the lists to the final five or so nominees. Like the citers, the academy nominators will be a peers-judge-their-peers system, meaning directors will choose the nominees for best direction, and so down the line. The academy voters will finally vote on the winners and will cover all categories, including best picture.

The best picture nominees will be the films with the most number of nominations in the categories, provided they are nominated either for best direction and/or best screenplay. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa